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How To Improve Your Lay-up

By John Sparco

One of the fundamental shots taken for granted by many players is the lay-up shot. A lot of players find the lay-up shot to be easy but less glamorous which is why they tend to overlook it when practicing. While it is true that the lay-up does not get as much response as a slam dunk or a three-point shot, the points made are similarly important.

The lay-up shot is very easy to execute and it is shot that should not be miss especially if the team is in dire need of points. Taking time to practice lay-up shots during practice sessions ensures that you do not miss it during crucial moments.

Although the lay-up shot may seem uncomplicated, it is a shot that cannot be executed leisurely during an actual game as it is a shot that is typically taken during the course of a fast break.

If you do not take time in practicing your lay-up, there is a high chance that you will miss the shot during a fast break opportunity.

Practicing this shot at game speed will help your muscles memorize the movement and it will become very natural for you to execute it even on intense game play.

Try to practice both your hands when practicing your lay-up shots. Having both hands capable of making lay-ups are of big help in confusing the defender on where the shot will come from.

Practicing different types of lay-ups is also a good practice as this will help in making you difficult to defend against.

Another technique you should also practice is making the head fake before the lay-up. This way, you are likely to get some fouls from defenders that are exceedingly aggressive.

If you have a tight defense which forces you to shoot, try to use the opposite hand to throw off the defender. Just always make sure that when practicing to pretend as if you were in a real game.

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